What happens when an attorney makes a mistake with a case?

Making an error is part of being human. However, when you trust the most important parts of your life, like your future, finances or marriage, to a lawyer, you probably expect a certain level of professionalism.

Despite a counselor’s intent to help you seek favorable results in your case, he or she could potentially make a grave mistake. Though attorneys practice law, they are not above reproach. In some circumstances, you can hold your legal counsel accountable.

Three factors of legal malpractice

Neither a lost case nor different results than you desired mean you had faulty representation. However, some mistakes could leave you wondering whether things could have turned out differently.

If you wonder whether you have grounds for a legal malpractice lawsuit, consider whether:

  • Your attorney made a mistake that caused you damage. For example, you may have a case for negligence if your lawyer failed to file your suit within the allowed statute of limitations and you were unable to collect a financial judgment as a result.
  • The costs associated with pursuing a claim should be well worth fighting to recover damages. You likely need assistance with proving that your previous representation did not maintain an adequate duty of care.
  • Negligence factored into your case. If your attorney acted within the confines of the law and maintained a professional standard of care, a mistake, while potentially unfavorable, may not equate to malpractice.

When you hire a licensed professional, you can expect honest communication, free from a conflict of interest. However, if you believe ethical lines were blurred, you have the right to further explore your options.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email us for a response

Tell Us About Your Case

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Contextual

Contact

Jacksonville Office
1300 Riverplace Boulevard
Suite 401
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Toll Free: 866-542-1996
Phone: 904-396-1996
Fax: 904-396-1991
Map & Directions

Miami Office
1395 Brickell Avenue
Suite 800
Miami, FL 33131

Phone: 305-200-8674
Phone: 305-200-8675
Fax: 305-200-8801
Map & Directions

West Palm Beach - By Appointment Only
301 Clematis Street
Suite 300
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Phone: 561-832-5991
Fax: 561-832-5985
Map & Directions

Panama City Office
305 Cherry Street
Panama City, FL 32401

Phone: 850-481-1386
Fax: 850-640-1247
Map & Directions

Tampa Office
10150 Highland Manor Drive
Suite 200
Tampa, FL 33610

Fax: 813-314-2163
Map & Directions